Event funding boost for Currumbin

22 Nov 2012 11:34 AMJann Stuckey

Jann at Swell this year with Director Natasha Edwards and artist Brad Jackson

21 November 2012

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has welcomed the news Currumbin will receive a $225,500 funding boost from the Newman Government to support local events.

“Currumbin is home to some great events which the Newman Government recognises for the invaluable role they play in attracting thousands of visitors to regions,” Ms Stuckey said. 

“This funding was provided under the latest round of the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP).

Events to receive funding include:

• Immerse Paddle Festival, Currumbin – A festival of surf including long course paddle racing, short course technical sprint racing and Stand Up Paddle surfing catering to all ages and abilities. Held 30 March to 1 April 2013. Funding amount of $5,500.

• Cooly Rocks On, Coolangatta – A 1950s and 1960s Rock ‘n’ Roll, Swing, Rockabilly, Dance and Classic Car nostalgia festival. Held 31 May to 10 June 2013. Funding amount of $180,000 from 2013-2015 through the Significant Regional Event Scheme.

• Tour de Valley, Currumbin – A cycling time-trial event into the valley following Currumbin Creek. Held 7 September 2013. Funding amount of $5,000 through a Minister’s Development Grant.

• Swell Sculpture Festival, Currumbin – A remarkable outdoor exhibition featuring sculptures from interstate and overseas artists along Currumbin Beach. Held 13-22 September 2013. Funding amount $35,000.

“These events are always a huge boost for the local community, with the 60,000 strong crowd at Cooly Rocks On Festival said to have injected over $29 million into the region in 2012,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Tour de Valley inaugural event earlier this year wove through Currumbin Valley and showcased our beautiful scenery. Undoubtedly it will grow with government and community support.

“Swell Sculpture Festival in its 10th year went from strength to strength along Currumbin foreshore and the Immerse Paddle Festival is another popular event that promotes our region and attracts people to the Southern Gold Coast.

“These events are delivered in partnership with local communities and that collaborative effort is vital to their success.

“The latest round of the EQRDP will provide an extra $1.4 million in support across 58 regional events throughout the state – ranging from cultural celebrations to triathlons, music festivals, water sports, and food and wine festivals.”

More than $21 million has been invested in 976 events through the Events Queensland Regional Development Program since 2001.

The next EQRDP funding round closes 15 February 2013 for events held between 1 October 2013 and 31 March 2015.

To discover more local events visit www.eventsqld.com.au.